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Yeast fungi are always on the body and are usually harmless. Skin yeast infections (Candidiasis) can occur in the genitals, the mouth, the anus and even on the skin. In most cases, yeast infections will appear as a white cottage cheese substance in the infected area. The area can also be red and inflamed.
Yeast infections on the skin will usually occur in the actual skin folds where it is moist and warm. This atmosphere allows yeast to multiply, eventually causing an infection. People who are obese may notice they have a skin yeast infection in areas where skin folds overlap. The areas where people are most prone to getting skin yeast infections are under the arms or in the navel. The groin of both men and women, as well as under the breasts, are also frequent places for skin yeast infections to grow. Yeast will more easily penetrate the skin in these areas if there is an open wound or cut.
What does a skin yeast infection look like?
Yeast infections in the skin are not unlike those in the genitals. In an area where a skin yeast infection has formed, the area may be very tender and red as it is inflamed. A person may notice blisters which are small in size or that their skin is dry and flaky. These blisters and rash are symptoms commonly seen in males with a penile yeast infection.
Do yeast infections on the skin smell?
People may be concerned about a possible smell from a yeast infection. This is sometimes a possibility in the genital area while in some cases, you may detect a slight cheese scent from a yeast infection on the skin. If a person knows what yeast smells like, then this may be a good sign that there is a yeast infection and not just normal body odors. Yeast infections are made worse when people sweat and it is very common for the infection to become more noticeable to a person when they become larger or obese. Yeast needs heat and moisture from the body to grow and sweating provides this environment.